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Past Events

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Past Events

Thursday, May 09, 2019 Effective Trial Presentations

Prior Event Handouts

* March 21, 2019
My Path to the Federal Bench
Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews

* March 8, 2019
What NOT to Do in My Courtroom
Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter

* February 28, 2019
The ABCs of Courtroom Technology and Etiquette
Ed Butler, USDC Legal Officer


* February 13, 2019
Behind "Behind the Bench"


* January 29, 2019
2018 10th Circuit Review: Criminal Law


* January 17, 2019
Lawyers Who Think: Ethics and Conduct in Federal Practice


*  Friday, November 2, 2018
Government Investigations: Ethical and Practical Challenges
Below are links to the program materials.

Colorado Ethics Opinion 65, Guidelines for Opposing Counsel Contacting Witnessesavailable at

·         Colorado Ethics Opinion 69, Propriety of Communicating with Employee or Former Employee of an Adverse Party Organizationavailable at

·         Colorado Ethics Opinion 96, Ex Parte Communications with Represented Persons During Criminal and Civil Regulatory Investigations and Proceedingsavailable at

·         Colorado Ethics Opinion 129, Ethical Duties of Lawyer Paid by One Other than the Clientavailable at

·         Colorado Ethics Opinion 135, Ethical Considerations in the Joint Representation of Clients in the Same Matter or Proceeding,available at

·         U.S. Department of Justice, Justice Manualavailable at

·         U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, How Investigations Workavailable at

·         U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Manualavailable at 

·         U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Incident Investigationavailable at

*  Thursday, October 11, 2018
Perspectives From the Bench"
Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tafoya 

* Friday, October 5, 2018
How Courts Handle Forensic Science
Prof. Christopher McKee
Written materials October52018Materials.pdf
PowerPoint 10518McKeePowerPoint.pptx

* Thursday, September 13, 2018
What Modern Lawyers Can Learn from Lincoln
Magistrate Judge (Ret.) Boyd Boland


* Thursday, August 9, 2018
Colorado Goes to the Supreme Court 

* Thursday, July 26, 2018
The District Court by the Numbers
The Honorable Michael Hegarty

* July 19, 2018 Practicing as a New Lawyer in Federal Court: What you Need to Know









* August 24, 2017

The District Court, By The Numbers

The Honorable Michael E. Hegarty


* August 17, 2017

The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation and Unbundled Legal Services Under the New Rules

The Honorable Robert E. Blackburn, United States District Court - Colorado

The Honorable Daniel M. Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals

The Honorable Adam J. Espinosa, Denver County Court

Danaé Woody, Woody Law, LLC

Moderator Seth Benezra, Benezra & Culver


* July 21, 2017

View from the Criminal Bench

The Honorable Philip A. Brimmer and The Honorable Christine M. Arguello


* June 2, 2017

Practicing as a New Federal Trial Lawyer: What You Need to Know

Practice Tips for New Lawyers from Ed Butler's Presentation


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